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Arkansas governor: No urgent need for anti-discrimination order

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, background, listens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he doesn't see an urgent need to expand workplace anti-discrimination protections for gay and lesbian state employees after lawmakers reworked a religious objections measure to address concerns it was discriminatory. ...

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Florida bakery may sue Arizona evangelist over anti-gay cake request, recording

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Joshua Feuerstein
An Arizona man who caused controversy after his request to a Florida bakery to make a cake with an anti-gay marriage message, says he is being unfairly portrayed, while the bakery says it's considering legal action against him. ...

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North Carolina AG says he’d veto religious exemption bills if governor

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Attorney General Roy Cooper (R-N.C.)
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, who is preparing a run for governor in 2016, says he rejects a proposal allowing public officials to cite religion for declining to serve same-sex couples. ...

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Tom DeLay: Christians must fight for the right to discriminate ‘with every ounce of our being’

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Tom Delay
Tom DeLay is defending "religious freedom" laws against the attacks from people who "have chosen to be homosexuals," saying that conservative Christians must be ready to "fight this battle to the bitter end." ...

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Several Texas lawmakers, top business leaders vow to kill proposed anti-LGBT bills

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Texas state capitol in Austin.
Several Texas lawmakers and top business leaders vowed Tuesday to kill two proposed constitutional amendments they say will promote anti-LGBT discrimination and could lead to backlash similar to recent reactions in Indiana and Arkansas. ...

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Online petition seeks to save job of gay speech teacher fired by Catholic school

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Matthew-Eledge2
Students, parents and alumni of an Omaha Catholic high school are among the thousands who've signed an online petition calling for the school to reverse its decision to fire a teacher over his same-sex relationship. ...

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Former North Dakota governor ‘probably’ considered LGBT people in 1981 policy

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Former North Dakota Gov. Allen Olson (R), speaking in Bismarck in 2008.
Former North Dakota Gov. Allen Olson said Tuesday he "probably" considered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when he crafted a nondiscrimination policy for state employees 34 years ago. ...

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Louisiana school backs off: Lesbian honors student allowed to wear tux to prom

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Claudetteia Love
A lesbian honors student in northeast Louisiana has been told she may wear a tuxedo to her prom, after all, a national advocacy group said Tuesday. ...

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Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal supports bill allowing businesses to refuse service to LGBT people

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.)
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, rumored to be mulling a 2016 GOP presidential bid, says he will support a controversial religious freedom bill filed by a state legislator last week. ...

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North Dakota governor issues memo to state agencies barring discrimination against gays

Monday, April 6, 2015
Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R-N.D.)
GOP Gov. Jack Dalrymple told government departments Monday that discrimination against anyone is unacceptable, just two hours before Democrats delivered a letter calling on him to issue an executive order prohibiting bias against gays and lesbians. ...

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